Pathways to Health

Pool offers open swims and New Year’s Resolutions Special

It’s almost the New Year and that means it’s time to make those resolutions to get fit. The easiest way to accomplish that? Come to the Hood River Aquatic Center, where for the whole month of December you can get 10 percent off of all annual passes.

For working out or having fun with the family, the Hood River Aquatic Center is the place to be. The Aquatic Center is now open on Sundays from 1-5 p.m., so stop by any day of the week.

Call the Aquatic Center at 541-386-1303 or visit for further details.

Hood River Dermatology now offers ‘Melafind’

Dr. Luke Sloan’s dermatology office now offers a new level of technology which assists in the detection of early melanoma.

The FDA has given approval for the use of a medical device called Melafind. Hood River Dermatology is the first clinic in the Pacific Northwest to incorporate this into their practice.

For more information call 541-386-2517 or visit

Community Edoffers health classes

The following are just a few of the many classes available during December through Community Education; register by calling 541-386-2055 or visiting

Dec. 4 and 11 — Diabetes Self-Management, 1-3 p.m. at the Providence Medical Group Building, 1151 May St., Hood River. Taught by Kelly Chambers and Jennifer Price.

Dec. 6 and 8 — Heartsaver CPR, AED and First Aid, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hood River Fire and EMS station, 1785 Meyer Parkway, Hood River. Taught by Will Atkinson.

Dec. 6 — Yoga for MS, noon to 1 p.m. at Synergy Studio, 1120 Pine St., Hood River. Taught by Meg Becker.

Dec. 10 — “Foster Parenting: Is it Right for You?”, 6-7 p.m. at The Next Door Inc., 965 Tucker Road, Hood River. Taught by Heidi Venture.

Tai Chi at Mt. Hood Town Hall

A special tai chi class designed for fall prevention meets Mondays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. at Mount Hood Town Hall. Seniors and disabled citizens are welcome free of charge. Donations are accepted.

For more info contact Joanne Ehl, Upper Valley Community Advocates, 541-352-7363.

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